Netflix has a wide variety of films across romantic comedies and dramas so here's a selection from both their original features and licensed content so your Valentine's Day is sorted.
'Crazy Stupid Love'
Boasting a terrific cast that includes Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon, 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' looks at love across different generations. Primarily, the story follows Cal (Carell), who after his wife Emily (Moore) comes asking for a divorce, befriends Jacob (Gosling), who is a pro at picking up women. However Jacob's playa ways come into question when he meets Hannah (Stone). Meanwhile Cal's son is experiencing love and heartbreak for the first time. This movie touches your heart as much as it does your funny bone.
'Set It Up'
Every so often, Netflix produces a great original film. 'Set It Up' is one of them. Reuniting 'Everybody Wants Some!!' stars Glen Powell and Zoey Deutsch, the two young actors play the respective PAs of Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu's characters. They hatch up a plan to set their bosses up with one another so they can finally get their own free time. Eating pizza drunk in the middle of the night has never seemed more romantic.
'The Kissing Booth'
When Elle Evans (Joey King), a pretty, late-bloomer who’s never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush– the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). Sparks fly, but there’s one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, (Joel Courtney) and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact.
Before Ryan Reynolds' career skyrocketed up with Deadpool, Reynolds starred in such rom coms as 'The Proposal', 'Just Friends' and this feature. Co-starring Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Reynolds plays a political consultant going through a divorce who tells his daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met the great loves of his life. You can't get more of a Valentine's Day movie than this.
'Maid in Manhattan'
It's the rom com that everyone has seen more times than they care to admit. Jennifer Lopez (currently making a comeback in 'Second Act') plays the eponymous maid who a Senatorial candidate (Joseph Fiennes) falls for after mistaking her for a guest at the hotel where she actually works. Fun fact: 'Maid in Manhattan' is based on a story by John Hughes, who is credited using a pseudonym.
'The Notebook' did wonders for the careers of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. However it also led to an unnecessary numbers of Nicholas Sparks movie adaptations. The film follows an elderly man reading a love story to a woman in a retirement home about a poor yet passionate young man who falls for a wealthy young woman.
'P.S. I Love You'
'P.S. I Love You' is always guaranteed to get you teary - if not at the dead husband storyline, then at Gerard Butler's atrocious Irish accent. Hilary Swank plays the lead, a widow whose late husband (Butler) leaves her ten letters to help her through the process of mourning and encourage her to start a new life.
'Bridget Jones’s Baby'
The third Bridget Jones movie was actually the highest grossing film at the Irish box office in the year of its release, 2016. Renée Zellweger pulls up her granny knickers to play the titular role yet again as this time Bridget has not only love and career challenges to deal with - she also has a baba on the way. Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey compete for Bridget's love; both their characters could potentially be the father of her baby.
After 'P.S. I Love You', this is our second movie adaptation from a Cecelia Ahern novel (both movies also shot scenes in Ireland). Taking place over a number of years, the movie follows two friends, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) whose poor choices in life and love make their chances of ever realising their true feelings for one another less and less likely.
'To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before'
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song Covey's love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all-- are mysteriously mailed out. Lana Condor ('Alita: Battle Angel', 'X-Men: Apocalypse') and Noah Centineo ('Sierra Burgess Is A Loser', 'The Fosters') star.
'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging'
We've picked a number of cute teen rom coms within our selection of Netflix movies. They don't get much cuter than 'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging'. Georgia Groome plays a 14 year old who is experiencing lots of things like kissing, love and thongs, all for the first time. Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars in one of his first film roles.
'La La Land'
Almost everyone has seen 'La La Land', the 6-time Oscar winning musical, at this stage. In case you haven't, settle in this Valentine's Day to follow a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in LA as they try to navigate a career and a relationship with one another.
This classic from the unofficial king of teen pics - John Hughes - follows the 'sweet' sixteenth birthday of a girl named Samantha (Molly Ringwald). Everything that could go wrong does, but a last minute change of luck ends up working in her favour.
'Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist'
Michael Cera and Kat Dennings have never been more adorable than they are here as two love-struck high school students. Cera's Nick is the base player for Queercore band The Jerk Offs. Dennings' Norah is the daughter of a wealthy record producer who shares Nick's passion for music. The two end up on an unforgettable night out in New York as they, alongside Nick's bandmates and Norah's friend Caroline, go in search of the secret location where their favourite band, Where's Fluffy?, are playing.
Last but not least we've included a sci fi entry on our list of romantic movies on Netflix. The 2016 film stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as two passengers travelling on a spacecraft headed to a distant colony planet. They are 'accidentally' awoken from hypersleep almost a hundred years before they're due to land. The film got a lot of shtick for its misleading trailer but if it's schmaltzy romance you're after, you'll find it in bucketfuls in 'Passengers'.